February 2009


 NVIC is Petitioning President Obama and Congress  to Investigate Gardasil

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a private vaccine-safety group, released a report comparing Gardasil's adverse events to another vaccine given to young people for meningitis. The results of the report showed that during the study time frame, reactions from Gardasil required twice the number of emergency room visits, more than 5,000, as compared to the meningitis vaccine. Additionally, the reports of side effects were up to 30 times higher with Gardasil, when compared to the meningitis vaccine. Gardasil was also associated with 4 times more Death reports; 5 times more “Did Not Recover” reports; and 7 times more “Disabled” reports. The full NVIC report can be downloaded here.

The National Vaccine Information Center is petitioning President Barack Obama and Congress on behalf of families to investigate Gardasil vaccine deaths and serious injuries. They have started an online petition that consumers can go to and add their names to request a further investigation. The petition can be found here.   Every Chiropractor should participate in this petition, and encourage their patients to do the same.

Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder of the NVIC, said, "Now we know from this report that there are more reactions and deaths associated with Gardasil than with another vaccine given in the same age group. It's irresponsible not to take action." In a release by NVIC, Barbara Loe Fisher exposed the weakness of the original safety studies by the manufacturer by saying, "Merck only studied the vaccine in fewer than 1200 girls under age 16 and most of the serious health problems and deaths in the pre-licensure clinical trials were written off as a 'coincidence'. If the new Administration and Congress want to make government recommended health care safer, more effective and less expensive, a good place to start is by looking into the human and economic costs of Gardasil vaccine.”

A related news story aired on February 7, 2009 on the CBS Evening News. This story chronicles one specific case of injury to a teenage girl, Gabby Swank, who was a straight-A student and cheerleader. However, after receiving the standard dose of three Gardasil vaccinations she progressively got sicker, suffered seizures, strokes and heart problems. Her neurologist made the diagnosis connection to Gardasil. The CBS video of this story can be seen here.




Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins Chiropractors Again

He'll be back! The International Chiropractors Association's Symposium on Natural Fitness for 2009 will once again include a personal presentation by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, himself! The 17th Annual ICA Symposium on Natural Fitness is presenting a multi-faceted program, featuring a quality lineup of exciting, star-packed presentations that has made it the highlight of the chiropractic calendar for over a decade and a half.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is a vigorous advocate of chiropractic care for people of all ages and holding an honorary chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Gov. Schwarzenegger will speak about his own experience with chiropractic. In other ICA Symposium talks, he has credited the care he received throughout the years for his success in bodybuilding and for his ability to maintain such a rigorous filmmaking, travel and public service schedule throughout his career. Following his talk, registered attendees enjoy a unique ICA Fitness Symposium program benefit; they are able to individually pose for a portrait photo with the world’s most famous chiropractic patient!

Held annually in Columbus, Ohio in conjunction with the Arnold Fitness Festival, the ICA Natural Fitness Symposium focuses on the close relationship between fitness and health, and brings together the sport of bodybuilding and chiropractic science to educate all participants on the value of natural health through exercise. Through clinical presentations and lectures combined with practical demonstrations, the Symposium provides the latest information available on the development of optimum performance in sports and training on injury prevention in the context of chiropractic care. For more information on the International Chiropractors Association's 2009 Symposium on Natural Fitness, visit the ICA website at: www.chiropractic.org.




Assorted Personal Notes

My Practice: Several months ago I announced that I was going back into practice after taking a break for the past 5 years. I had even picked out a location and was busy setting up. Well, as a little update I am still looking for a location. The one building I had signed a lease on had a problem, the owner had not paid his property taxes. This meant I could not get a business license.

This is one of those things that I did not think of checking when I first looked into the property. I did go to the city, and I asked about the steps needed to open a practice and get a business license at this location. It was not until over a month later, and the spending of money on city fees that they then told me I could not get a business license anyway. Had they told me this on day one, I'd have looked elsewhere. So once again I am looking for a location in west Cobb / East Paulding County. I'll keep you updated as I am now very anxious to get back into active practice.

A Loss: A classmate of mine and long time friend Dr. Mike Rappaport, (right) passed away suddenly in December. His wife Shelly is trying to sell their practice. Below is the information on this practice for anyone who may be interested.

PRACTICE FOR SALE - MARIETTA, GEORGIA – The late Dr. Mike Rappaport’s practice is for sale.This practice has been open for 26 years. Located directly on busy Hwy 41 in Marietta.  Must sell today. Special terms and financing, 10 K down and original owner finance. Contact Dr. Tom Morgan for more info: VolumeDC@aol.com 770 748-6084 www.volumepractice.com.

Growing Seminars? I get to attend a lot of really great programs in my travels. There are several I enjoy and look forward to going to on a regular basis. I also hear that many seminars are experiencing a decrease in attendance over the last year as the "economic recession" seems to be affecting them. Well, first of all, I do not buy into economic news as chiropractic is the more affordable choice in healthcare, and I know many DCs doing very well in these times. (read my December story on this subject here)

I can not speak for all programs, but it seems to me that the philosophically based ones appear to be growing just fine. The two programs I recently attended, DE and Get The Big Idea, had larger than normal crowds and are growing!  I look forward to attending the April New Beginnings meeting as I expect that meeting to be growing as well. I also notice that the doctors whose practices are growing in these economic times are those who attend these meetings. Hmmm, this could be a lesson for the profession. The moral to the story could be, "When times get tough, we need to return to our philosophical roots".

Race Across America (RAAM) is a transcontinental bicycle race starting on the west coast and finishing on the east coast. The race covers 3000 miles across the Rockies, the heartland of America, and finally the Appalachians. It continues to stand as one the toughest events in the world and a tribute to human endurance.

Dr. Anthony Colasurdo, a chiropractor and NYK doctor is participating in this event as part of "Drew's Crew" to raise money for a worthy cause. Now You Know has donated to this race on behalf of Dr. Colasurdo, to help. If you wish to help you can read the brochure here. You can visit the main website for Race Across America (RAAM) here. The donation / participation page for Drew's Crew can be found here.

Students: I know there are a large number of students who read this Info Age newsletter. We welcome you. It has always been a policy of Now You Know NOT to sell products or services to students. However, since students are near and dear to my heart, we have created a free forum for students to share their ideas and experiences. DC2BE.com is an open forum with many categories including schools, technique and student life, where all students are welcome to participate. We have also linked a growing number of interesting YouTube videos on chiropractic and other health issues.



The Good, the Bad, and the Subluxated! - AKA - Chiropractic in the News

The world wide web is full of articles that are of interest to us as chiropractors. Not all of these stories are good, and many of them I do not agree with. However, you should be aware of them. To see the actual articles, please click on the headline links below.




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